How to Make and Sell Crochet Patterns

When I started out and wanted to know how to make and sell crochet patterns, I had a hard time finding some answers to the questions I had. A lot of this was learned through observation, trial and error, and the experience of others. And I kind of feel that having crochet patterns for sale is a little like pregnancy or having kids... you just don't really know what it is like until you do. So hopefully I can share some of my advice and you can decide if it is for you, and better yet, how to do it if you decide it is!

How to Sell Crochet Projects

Selling Finished Crochet Projects
The wonderful thing about selling crochet items is that you get to do something you love and have people pay you! Cha ching! But once you cross the line of crocheting for pleasure into crocheting for business a lot of questions and problems need to be addressed. Don't worry! I got ya covered. I talk about the things that I feel are super important to think about before starting out.

Making Money with Crochet

"How can I sell my crochet work? Can I make money with my crochet projects? How did you get started?" I get these questions in my inbox about once a week! And I totally get it! I feel incredibly blessed to have a "job" where I can say I crochet for a living. The big question is HOW?!

As I started to write this, I realized that I had A LOT to say on the matter! So this will be a four part series. Today we need to lay the groundwork and get a few things in order before we start making the big bucks!

Mini Ballerina Animal Crochet Dolls

These little crochet dolls came to be by a happy accident... I was playing around with the idea of a smaller bunny, my facebook group told me they needed the pattern, and I am a sucker for anything mini! (see my mini octopus and giraffe!) but I couldn't stop there and next thing I knew, there was a bear and a kitty.

The Mini Ballerina Animals are about 9 inches tall from slipper to ear and 3 inches wide. These animals are the perfect dolls for little girls who dream of being a ballerina. For this pattern, I recommend using size 4 worsted weight yarn in whatever color you prefer.  This pattern comes with the bunny, bear, kitty, dress, flowers and slippers, as well as a copy of My Best Tips and Tricks for Crochet Dolls.  
Find the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy

You will love how quickly these work up... much faster than the original Ballerina Animals but with all the cute! You can make them all and in all the colors. Now I love the originals, I think they are the perfect size for a doll, but sometimes you need something quick! :)

If you are wondering how the larger Animal Ballerinas compare...
Interested in more of the Friendly Dolls? Be sure to check out the whole collection!

Best Yarn for Crochet Dolls

It can be hard to find the right yarn for crochet dolls. There are a lot of shades and styles out there! and it can be hard to find just the right one for your doll. I have compiled almost all the dolls I have made and the yarn I used! Hopefully it can be helpful as you search for that perfect shade!

Free Crochet Doll Tutorials

I love providing crochet doll tutorials because there are a few things that can make or break a crochet doll! There are also some things that discourage crocheters from trying to make a crochet doll... Obviously, I love making them and want anyone that has any desire to make one feel confident enough to try!

Crochet Princess Doll Pattern

The Princess Sophie Doll is about 15 inches tall and 3 inches wide (not including the arms and hair.) For Sophie, I recommend using size 4 worsted weight yarn in whatever color you prefer. This particular one used is Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek in Ivory. The hair is I Love this Yarn in Brown and the dress is Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek in Yellow. All of the clothing is removable. The roses are hand sewn and can be found at most craft stores. Buttons, bead, and other crochet appliques would be great here, too! The beauty of the doll is that you are able to customize her in any way you would like! Enjoy making her!

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